Mario Gotze has agreed to sign for Bayern Munich after they activated the €37 million release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract, according to German newspaper Bild.
With Pep Guardiola's taking over as manager of Bayern at the end of the season, this will be his first activity in the transfer market, with Gotze expected to join him at the start of the summer. It's understood that this will only be the start of a massive spending spree for the Bundesliga champions in their quest to dominate Europe.
The 20-year-old, who already has over 20 caps for Germany, is seen as one of the brightest prospects in the game and this capture marks Bayern's intent under a new era with Guardiola at the helm.
With this signing, Bayern have beaten the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City & Arsenal for his signature and even though he will be looked as one for the future, he will be expected to make an instant impact.
The attacking playmaker has received plaudits for his creativity, vision and goal scoring ability and has been instrumental in helping Dortmund to the semi-finals of the Champions League this season.
It's reported that Gotze has signed a long term contract with Bayern and will receive in excess of €7 million euro's a season. It will be seen as a bitter blow to Dortmund, who will be looking to win back next season's Bundesliga from Bayern.
With a host of emerging young talent in Marco Reus, Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan, and Kevin Grobkreutz – it will be interesting to see if Gotze is just the first of a mass exodus at the club as they continue to attract attention from the biggest club in Europe.
The timing of the transfer is seen as the biggest shock as Dortmund prepare to take on Real Madrid in the semi finals of the Champions League on Wednesday night, and as the club have enjoyed their best spell in years it's surprising that players would want to leave as they still have a chance of becoming champions of Europe.
For Bayern - with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Holger Badstuber and Emre Can already at the club – they have some of the best young talent in world football.
With the aid of some of their senior players – including Manual Neuer – who at only 27 years-old could have at least another 10 seasons in him, Philip Lahm, Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger – Guardiola will definitely have the firepower to go with his unique brand of attacking football and will be looking to overtake former club Barcelona by trying to dominate Europe for years to come.
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